No Arsenal Grudge For Bin-Bag Walcott

Everton Sign Walcott From Arsenal
Theo Walcott Photo: Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Theo Walcott may have ended his 12-year Arsenal career carrying his personal belongings in bin bags, but the England international insisted he bore no ill will towards his old club after joining Premier League rivals Everton.

There was no time for the 28-year-old to say his goodbyes to the Gunners following a move from London to Liverpool worth a reported £25 million ($34 million, 28 million euros) on Wednesday.

Walcott made just 16 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season and last started a Premier League game for the north London side in April.

“For whatever reason, it didn’t happen this year and that’s why I’ve moved on,” said Walcott on no longer being a part of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s plans.

“I’ve known him (Wenger) since I was 16 and to bring in a young player and have belief in them I can’t thank him enough for that.

“With any player, if you are not playing you are going to be upset but I’ve always had so much respect for the manager.

“When you look at the minutes this season I’ve played I wasn’t part of it so it was just getting the timing right.

“As a personal footballing career decision, I felt it was time now. It happened so quickly. There is no point in dwelling on the past.

“When I found I was coming here (Everton) I had to go there (Arsenal’s training ground) at night and pick up all my stuff in bin bags.

“I will at some point go back and say my proper goodbyes but we do play them very soon, which I am looking forward to.”

Walcott could make his Everton debut at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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Everton Sign Theo Walcott From Arsenal

Everton Sign Walcott From Arsenal
Theo Walcott Photo: Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Everton signed England winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth a reported £25 million ($34 million, 28.3 million euros) on Wednesday.

Walcott had been out of favour with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for much of this season and has opted to move to Goodison Park in a bid to kick-start his faltering career.

The 28-year-old made just 16 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season and last started a Premier League game for the Gunners in April.

“There’s something about this move I’ve just felt good about,” Walcott said.

“It felt like it was time for me to move on.

“It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.

“The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me.”

Walcott scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal in total since joining them from Southampton in 2006.

He becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

Speaking last Friday, Allardyce said: “Theo’s not as risky (as Tosun) because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists.

“His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals.

“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”

In a statement, Arsenal said: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”

Wenger admitted recently that he did not want Walcott to leave.

But he said he could not guarantee the England international playing time, which was a sensitive issue for Walcott as he tries to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia later this year.

Walcott, who has 47 England caps, has not featured for his country since the friendly against Spain in November 2016.

Wenger is ready to move quickly to replace Walcott and Arsenal have been linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux winger Malcom.

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Arsenal Boost Champions League Hope With West Ham Victory

Champions League: Arsenal Boost Chances With West Ham VictoryArsenal on Wednesday night boosted their UEFA Champions League hope with a deserved 3-0 victory over West Ham.

The Gunners were able to increase their possibility of top-four finish at the Emirates with goals from Mesut Oezil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Reacting to the victory, Ozil said the North Londoners have not forgotten how to win.

With the victory, Arsenal have moved to fifth position on the Premier League table with 54 points.

Arsenal Draw Manchester City In EPL Clash

Arsenal Draw Manchester City In EPL ClashArsenal on Sunday evening came twice from behind to claim a two-all draw with Manchester City at the Emirates in an English Premier League (EPL) clash.

The Gunners, who lost their last two league matches at home, were stunned by Pep Guardiola’s men as Leroy Sane put the visitors ahead in five minutes.

Theo Walcott levelled the score with a scrambled finish in the 40th minute, just as Sergio Aguero hit home on an angle two minutes later to see City move ahead again.

Eight minutes after the restart, Shkodran Mustafi’s header got the Gunners back on level terms and ultimately earned a point for the hosts.

Earlier, Swansea City and Middlesbrough produced a stale goalless draw which did little to enhance either team’s prospects of avoiding relegation from the league.

Wenger Blames Referee For Arsenal’s Huge Defeat

Wenger Says Title Not Over For ArsenalCoach Arsene Wenger has blamed centre referee, Anastasios Sidiropoulos for Arsenal’s big loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

The Frenchman accused the referee of awarding an unjust penalty in favour of the German side and sending defender Laurent Koscielny off the pitch during the UEFA Champions League tie at the Emirates.

The loss was the Gunners’ fifth defeat in seven games and their biggest home defeat since 1998.

Bayern Munich inflicted an embarrassing 5-1 defeat on 10-man Arsenal to qualify for the next round of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, defending champions Real Madrid also came from behind to defeat Napoli 3-1 in San Paolo.

Bayern Munich Hammer Arsenal In Champions League Clash

bayernBayern Munich on Tuesday inflicted an embarrassing 5-1 defeat on 10-man Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The German side are through to the next round of the UEFA Champions League 10-2 on aggregate.

The hosts seemed to have prepared for the match as Theo Walcott gave the Gunners the lead in the 20th minute.

However, the table turned around in the second half with Laurent Koscienly’s red card which saw Arsene Wenger’s men concede five goals in quick succession.

Elsewhere, defending champions Real Madrid came from behind to defeat Napoli 3-1 in San Paolo.

A brace from Sergio Ramos and a goal from Alvaro Moratta ensured that Zinedine Zidane’s men qualify for the quarter final 6-3 on aggregate.

FA Cup: Liverpool Crash While Arsenal, Chelsea, City Advance

Liverpool Crash Out Of FA CupChampionship side Wolverhampton Wanderers held on to oust Liverpool and reach the FA Cup fifth round with a deserved victory at Anfield.

Richard Stearman put the visitors ahead after only 53 seconds and Helder Costa set up Andreas Weimann to double Wolves’ lead later.

Divock Origi scored a late consolation for the largely subdued Liverpool.

The result is the second defeat in cup competition in four days for Jurgen Klopp’s side after they lost to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

However, it was a massive win for Arsenal in spite of the manager Arsene Wenger’s touchline ban.

A Danny Welbeck brace, followed by a Theo Walcott hat trick ensured that the Gunners trashed Southampton 5-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium.

In other FA Cup matches played on Saturday, Sean Dyche’s Burnley knocked out championship strugglers Bristol City with a 2-0 win  at Turf Moor, while league leaders Chelsea put four goals past Brentford with Willian,  Pedro, Branislav  Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi all getting on the score sheet.

Elsewhere, Manchester City put their troubles in the league behind them to beat Crystal Palace 3-0.

Blackburn Rovers also defeated Blackpool 2-0 while League One side, Oxford pulled off the biggest upset in the round with an impressive 3-0 victory over promotion chasers Newcastle United.

Stewart Downing’s superb 69th minute strike sent Middleborough through to the next round as Aitor Karanka’s men beat Accrington Stanley 1-0.

Tottenham came back from behind to beat League Two side Wycome Wanders 4-3 as South Korean forward Son Heung-Min scored a stoppage-time winner.

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier League

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier LeagueArsenal on Sunday afternoon defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to maintain fourth spot in the English Premier League.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool having won on Saturday, Arsenal needed all three points to maintain the chase on the leaders and break further ahead of London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs who lost to Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger’s men started well and got their reward early in the 12th minute with a calmly taken goal from Alexis Sánchez coming off an error from Steve Cook.

The Bournemouth defender got the ball from his goalkeeper, before slotting a scuffed pass back across his area and into the path of the Arsenal striker.

However, the lead did not last.

In what seemed like a harsh decision, Bournemouth got a lifeline with a penalty award after minutes of good pressure on the Arsenal defence.

Callum Wilson stepped forward to convert in the 23rd minute, making history as the scorer of Bournemouth’s first ever goal against the Gunners in history.

Walcott made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Ozil showed some lovely footwork, before curling a cross towards the back post. Monreal received it and guided a square ball towards the back post, which the England international was able to nod home from close-range.

Sanchez finished what he started and sealed the game for Arsenal in the 90th minute after Olivier Giroud picked out the Chile international in the six-yard box.

The 3-1 victory brought an end to Arsenal’s three game win-less run after draws against Spurs, Manchester United and PSG had left fans nervous.

The Gunners remain three points behind table leaders Chelsea.

At the Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Manchester United were again frustrated at home with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Southampton beat Everton by a lone goal while Stoke City also defeated Watford by same score line.

Earlier in the day, Watford lost 0-1 at home to Stoke City.

On Saturday, Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the league to 11 games with a 2-0 win against Sunderland while Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

At the Liberty Stadium, fans witnessed an astonishing nine-goal thriller with seven goals scored after the break.

Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time as Swansea recorded an incredible 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.

Nigerian winger, Ahmed Musa was a second half substitute for Leicester City as they struggled to a 2-2 draw against Middleborough.

Arsenal Share Points With Tottenham In Premier League Clash

Arsenal, Tottenham ,Premier League Arsenal played 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in their English Premier League match at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners toiled to win the North London derby, knowing that the victory would place them at the top of the table but Spurs remained resolute in defending.

Arsenal got the lead few minutes to the end of the first half through an own-goal as Kevin Wimmer glanced Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past his own keeper, Hugo Lloris.

Then, shortly after the second half began, a penalty was awarded in favour of the Spurs.

Harry Kane took full advantage with a brilliant penalty to level the score.

Both teams went on with a goal apiece till the end of the match.

Arsenal are fourth on the table with 24 points while the Spurs are fifth with three points behind the Gunners.

Guardiola Says Manchester City Win Against Barcelona Is Vital

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has described Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Barcelona as momentous, considering he has only been working at the club for four months.

Guardiola, who believes it is just a beginning for City, however, says it shows his team is on the right track.

It was a dream come true for the coach as two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne’s fine free-kick handed the hosts a famous win.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as the match ended 3-1 on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

This means Manchester City have one foot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

Ozil Again Secures Arsenal’s Victory Against Razgrad

Arsenal, Ludogorets Razgrad, Mesut Ozil, Manchester United, BarcelonaArsenal have yet again beaten Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 in a UEFA Champions League return match on Tuesday night.

Although the Gunners had a poor beginning, they later displayed a brilliant performance at the Ludogorets Arena in Bulgaria.

Goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru had set Razgrad on the spot before Granit Xhaka gave the English visitors a reason not to lose their winning hope.

Olivier Giroud also made good use of Aaron Ramsey’s assist to level the score for Arsenal in the 42nd minute.

After a strong battle for the winner, Mohamed Elneny made a superb pass which led to Mesut Ozil’s 88th minute goal.

In an earlier visit to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal humbled the Bulgarian side 6 – 0.

Ozil netted a hat-trick while Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal apiece.

Dream Come True

Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for Coach Pep Guardiola as Manchester United thrashed Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola: Champions League: Guardiola Wants New Mindset Against Barcelona
Pep Guardiola

Football legend, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as Ilkay Guendogan equalised for City.

The first half subsequently ended 1-1.

Kevin de Bruyne netted a brilliant goal few minutes after the second half began before Guendogan scored his second goal.

Giroud, Ramsey Return For Arsenal’s Trip To Sunderland

Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, ArsenalOlivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will be available for Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

Giroud has finally overcome a long-term toe problem, while midfielder Ramsey will feature for the first time since the opening day of the season after hamstring trouble.

Manager, Arsene Wenger, however, prefers to be cautious.

“They are available for selection. I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron Ramsey, because he has not played at all yet. He has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him.”

Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are all in a race to be fit while Lucas Perez is out for eight weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in the win over Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

The manager described the Perez injury as very frustrating, especially because it came just after the player had worked very hard to start getting games.

“Of course he is absolutely gutted, because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick. It’s a similar tackle to (the one from) Xhaka (against Swansea), but there was no red card.

“But the red card would not have helped Lucas. What is most important is that he’s out for six to eight weeks,” Wenger said.